Mental health

Mental healthHauora hinengaro

Good mental health is vitally important for our overall health and wellbeing.

These indicators describe the mental health status of New Zealand children and adults

Children with emotional or behavioural problems

Psychological distress

Diagnosed depression, anxiety, bipolar disease



Explore our interactive data

This dashboard lets you explore regional data about the mental health status of people in New Zealand.


Districts (formerly district health boards) are responsible for the health of the people living in their district. There are 20 districts in New Zealand.

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and metadata

Access additional datasets and indicator metadata from the Resources page.

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About the indicators

These indicators come from the Ministry of Health’s New Zealand Health Survey, and from our analysis of the Ministry of Health’s National Collections datasets (National Minimum Dataset, and New Zealand Mortality Collection). For more information, see the Resources page.

Mental health is influenced by a range of factors, including physical activity, nutrition, alcohol use, and drug use. You can find other relevant indicators in the following topics: environmental health, alcohol-related harm, health status, and child and youth health.

These indicators provide supporting information for the New Zealand Environmental Health Intelligence (EHI) programme. For more information about the EHI programme, visit